UT Tyler

UT Tyler New Patriot Orientation

Freshman Students

What is Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Orientation is an informative and fun two-day program that provides incoming students with excellent opportunities to meet people, make new friends and learn what it takes to be successful at UT Tyler. Students learn about academic resources, how to navigate campus and what UT Tyler expects of our students.  At orientation, students will be assigned to a advising appointment in which you will attend on day 2 of orientation.  At this appointment you will be advised and register for classes.

When is Freshman New Patriot Orientation for summer 2018?

For freshman beginning classes during spring 2018 semester, New Patriot Orientation for students will be:
Jan. 12

Incoming freshmen beginning classes during the fall 2018 semester should attend one of the following orientation sessions.

Session 1: Thursday, June 7 – Friday, June 8

Session 2: Thursday, June 14 – Friday, June 15

Session 3: Thursday, June 21 – Friday, June 22

Session 4: Thursday, July 12 – Friday, July 13

Session 5: Thursday, July 19 – Friday, July 20

Session 6: Thursday, July 26 – Friday, July 27

Registration is first come, first served. It is also designated by the major that you were admitted under. Not all colleges will be represented or advising at all orientation sessions. Please be sure to put in the correct major when you are registering so that you are advised correctly during orientation.

Registration for summer Freshman New Patriot Orientation is now open

How do I register for Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Students and parents/family members may register online. Once your registration form has been submitted all confirmation emails will be sent to your Patriots email account. 

Where will I stay during Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Summer Sessions Only:

Students attending Freshman New Patriot Orientation will stay on campus in one of the residence halls, and will need to bring a pillow, towels, toiletries, a sleeping bag or twin sheets with a blanket, and a swim suit for the pool party.

A room will be assigned to each student upon checking in. Students wishing to room with a friend (who is also an incoming freshmen) should check in together the morning of their orientation session.

Parents/family members and other guests will need to make arrangements for their stay in Tyler. No guests will be permitted to stay in the residence hall with the student. For a full listing of hotels in Tyler, please visit the Tyler Texas lodging webpage.

Please note: All guests 17 and under attending orientation with an incoming freshman must be accompanied by an adult.

How much does Freshman New Patriot Orientation cost?

The cost of Freshman New Patriot Orientation is assessed on your fall 2018 student bill. All incoming freshmen will be charged a one-time New Student Programs fee of $75. This fee covers orientation (materials, meals, and housing) and programming intended to support freshman students during your first year.

The non-refundable fee for parents/family members and guests attending Freshman New Patriot Orientation is $60 per adult and $30 for family members and guests 16 and under. To submit payment for parent/family members and guest fees, contact Student Business Services at 903.566.7227. Payment can be paid over the phone using a debit or credit card, or by mailing a check or money order to the following address.

New Student Programs
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799

What if I am a CAP Student?

CAP students will be advised within the colleges this year. When you go to register, choose the major that you will be pursuing, and your advisor will advise you as a CAP student under that major. If you major is not available here at UT Tyler, select "Undecided" and you will be advised by the College of Arts and Sciences.

What if I am an International Student?

International Students will need to contact their college's advisor to set up a time to be advised via Zoom Conference. You will be allowed to be enrolled in courses after July 15th when your insurance is paid in full, but you will be REQUIRED to attend our International Orientation on August 23rd before school starts.You will receive an email from us to your patriots' email when the August 23rd orientation registration opens.

If you have any questions about paperwork or any other International Student requirements, please visit the Office of International Program's page: https://uttyler.edu/oip/international-student-orientation.php .

Please contact us at orientation@uttyler.edu with any further questions and concerns.

What is the purpose of Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

New Patriot Orientation will:

  • Inform new students of campus policies and procedures.
  • Prepare students to make reasoned and well-informed choices.
  • Foster a sense of community by connecting incoming students to current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provide academic and student engagement resources to support students' transition to UT Tyler.

What is the Freshman New Patriot Orientation schedule?

All registered students will receive an email the week prior to their orientation session. This email will include check-in times, campus map and information on where to go once you arrive on campus. Students and guests should plan to be at orientation from 8:00 am Day 1 until 5:00 pm on Day 2. As a part of our paperless initiative, we will be utilizing an app for our orientation schedule, and you will recieve information about how to download it prior to attending your session.


What should I wear to New Patriot Orientation?

Be prepared to travel to different places around our beautiful campus. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for being outside at times. Suggested attire might be sneakers, shorts or loose pants, and a short-sleeved shirt. The buildings can be cold so we also suggest bringing a jacket.

Can parents and family members attend Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Yes! We encourage students to invite their parents/family members to attend New Patriot Orientation. The orientation schedule will feature presentations geared towards parents/family members.

Please make sure you register and pay for your parents/family members and guests by contacting Student Business Services at 903.566.7227.

Do I need to attend the entirety of Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Freshman New Patriot Orientation is mandatory.  It is important to attend all of the services that are provided at the program. 

Will I register for my classes at Freshman New Patriot Orientation?

Advising and registration will take place as part of the orientation schedule.

How do I change my Freshman New Patriot Orientation session?

Students can change their orientation session by emailing orientation@uttyler.edu (from their patriot account). Staff will review request and notify you when the change has been made. 

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